Don’t be alarmed the next time you see a man staring at you during your morning commute on the F train

QUICK INKING: Ukrainian-born Brooklyn artist Yuriy Modlikskiy sketches subway rider Chrissy Cohen, who gets a kick out of her likeness yesterday. (via New York Post)

Don’t be alarmed the next time you see a 65-year-old man staring at you during your morning commute on the F train. He’s just a former Russian book illustrator who sketches commuters’ portraits and then gives it to them as a gift.

“Born in Ukraine and raised in Belarus, Modlikskiy followed family members to New York 15 years ago from Moscow. He had spent his life working as a book illustrator, penning pictures for more than 200 books — including a translation of “Treasure Island” and novels by the Russian writer Mikhail Veller. But as his hearing deteriorated, it became impossible for him to get work drawing in America. Eventually,, he got a job restoring art and antique furniture in Manhattan, and his 45-minute commute from Sheepshead Bay gave him unexpected artistic inspiration. “Nobody wants to model,” he said. But on a train, there are models everywhere, often sandwiched together so tightly that they are motionless. What else do I [sic] with the time? I never saw a lot of faces like this — all different — in Russia.” [NY Post]

Frieze is all about the food with a side of art

Mission Chinese’s Kung Pao Pastrami. (wallyg/Flickr via Gallerist NY)

Frieze New York 2013’s restaurant partners include: Blue Bottle Coffee,  Court Street Grocers, Frankies Spuntino, Marlow & Sons, Mission Chinese Food, Roberta’s, Sant Ambroeus, and The Fat Radish. This and the hidden speakeasy? We can’t wait to visit the fair!

From Frieze:

Frieze is pleased to announce the restaurants that will take part in Frieze New York 2013. The fair is located in the unique setting of Randall’s Island Park, Manhattan, overlooking the East River.

This year sees the addition of new partners for the fair as well as the return of many restaurants from 2012. Blue Bottle Coffee, Court Street Grocers, Frankies Spuntino, Marlow & Sons, Mission Chinese Food, Roberta’s, Sant Ambroeus, and The Fat Radish will all take part in Frieze New York 2013.

Frankies Spuntino will provide a full-service restaurant at the fair that is available for bookings. The menu highlights classic Italian recipes with
a seasonal touch, sourcing local, organic products. The wine list includes offerings from small producers in Italy and beyond. Accompanying Frankies Spuntino, sister restaurant Prime Meats will serve a picnic area with their hand-crafted sausages and burgers.

Andrew Tarlow’s Marlow and Sons will host the VIP room restaurant for the first time. Marlow and Sons will feature a menu of seasonal and locally sourced cuisine paired with natural, continental wines in a relaxed and thoughtfully designed environment.

A new addition to the fair this year Mission Chinese will serve their signature cuisine at the fair including Kung Pao Pastrami. Returning from 2012,
Sant Ambroeus will offer fair visitors exceptional Italian coffee, handmade cornetti and paninetti as well as a new signature gelato service on the outdoor deck, overlooking the Sculpture Park. Roberta’s also returns, bringing with them two pizza ovens from Bushwick, serving their much- loved pizzas and a specially selected beer and wine list on the outdoor café deck.

The Fat Radish will bring its simple, elegant cuisine created with well- sourced, seasonal ingredients. Blue Bottle Coffee will set up a coffee bar at the fair serving freshly roasted coffees and art-inspired deserts. Court Street Grocers is another new addition to the fair providing a characteristically artisanal approach to sandwiches and salads.

via Frieze New York

Nick Cave’s HEARD•NY

The wait is over! Nick Cave’s highly anticipated takeover of Grand Central Terminal in NYC is here.

A herd of 30 horses is grazing in the station. The colorful, life-size creatures were created by American artist Nick Cave, 54, and twice every day in Vanderbilt Hall, music plays and the steeds whirl.

Two dancers from the Ailey School inhabit each so-called soundsuit, and there is a moment in the show when the front and back parts of the animals separate and 30 horses turn into 60 performers.

The public project, which runs through March 31, was commissioned by MTA Arts for Transit and Creative Time to celebrate the centennial of Grand Central.

Cave told Bloomberg, “I’m looking at the station as a platform to get people back to that place where we dream. We’re in a world where we’re trying to do what we can to exist and hold on to our jobs. So I’d like to transmit this dream-state feeling, to get us out of our day-to-day routine for a moment.”


Christo’s “Big Air Package” unveiled in Germany

Christo explains paintings and preparatory sketches for his latest large-scale artwork Big Air Package in Oberhausen, Germany. The massive fabric work is made from 20,000 square metres of light, translucent material and shaped with 4,500 m of cable. (Hannelore Foerster/Getty)=

Christo unveils his first work since the death of his wife and collaborator, Jeanne-Claude, in 2009. “Big Air Package — a massive, inflated fabric dome standing 90m high and 50m across — completely fills Germany’s Gasometer Oberhausen, a huge former natural gas holding tank that was converted into an event space and exhibition venue in 1988. Visitors entering through airlocks can move inside the voluminous sculpture, created from more than 20,000 square metres of light, translucent fabric. The effect is to leave visitors “virtually swimming in light,” the Bulgarian-born American artist said.” [cbcnews]

Contemporary artist Christo’s latest work Big Air Package is being billed as the largest ever indoor art installation. Reporters gathered in the western German city of Oberhausen for a preview on Friday, March 15, a day before its official opening. (Ina Fassbender/Reuters)

To see more images, please visit CBS News.

[Originally posted on Monday, March 18, 2013]

When Jesse Met Jesse – A Short Recommendation Review of The Spring Break Art Show, 2013

By guest contributor Matthew D. Knight, Fine Art Expert at AXA Art Insurance Corporation

I am dating myself now, but in the 90s when I was in high school, going on Spring Break was a big deal. We would travel south from Ohio to the Florida panhandle for a week of sun and heavy underage drinking (sorry Mom).

When I walked into The Spring Break Art Show on Tuesday night’s collector’s preview, I was transported back to high school and spring break only this time without the sun. The atmosphere was lively, juvenile at times and most importantly, fun! Spring Break returns for the second year to the old school house at 233 Mott. Adding more fun to the trip down memory lane, was a run-in with Jesse Camp. Jesse is a funny guy and he had his 15 minutes of fame as MTV’s inaugural winner of the “I Wanna Be a VJ” contest right about the time I was getting out of high school. Accompanying me was a friend who also happened to be named Jesse, so from then on, the evening was christened, “When Jesse met Jesse”. The fair however, was so much more than a night of quasi celebrity run-ins. Springs Break’s second edition is complete with 3 full floors of art in nearly every nook and cranny of the school all curated by 22 different curators. Here are a few highlights:

Double Entendre, 2013
Gloss and Matte Black Enamel on Canvas
56 in x 48 in (142.24 cm x 121.92 cm)
Courtesy of The Artist
via Paddle8

Third Floor: Matt Miganelli’s, Double Entendre and Double Entendre II, 2013. The monochromatic black gloss and matte enamel on the canvas paintings are optically tantalizing. Geometric squares dominate the lower parts of the canvas and the hand painted pattern details a controlled command of the pigment, recalling Ad Reinhardt’s Black Paintings. Curated by Matt’s brother, Adam, these works are worth the trip to Spring Break alone.

The Throne I, 2012
Oil on Canvas | Frame – Wood, Resin, Foam
67 in x 60 in (170.18 cm x 152.4 cm)
Courtesy of The Artist
via Paddle8

Second Floor: Artist Sarah Bereza gets a room curated by Andrew Gori and Ambre Kelly who also happen to be the fair organizers. The room contains sculptures, paintings, and a multi-media installation. A highlight was the ethereal portrait of a modern day (denoted by the fashionable booties) fairy princess riding high on her throne placed on the back of a water buffalo. The painting reminded me of an anime character. The handling of the paint was light and airy and the atmospheric light she rendered brought to mind the work of the Venetian masters.

The Beaver Did It, 2012-2013
Plaster, Metal, Paper, Paint, Wood
40 in x 34 in x 63 in (101.6 cm x 86.36 cm x 160.02 cm)
Courtesy of The Artist
via Paddle8

Ground Floor: Peter Dudek’s assemblaged sculptural landscapes placed on the floor. Curated be fellow artist Eve Sussman, these works could almost be missed as one attempts to navigate the hustle and bustle of the fair in this narrow hallway. The sculptures conjure up references to Mondrian, Sarah Sze, and represent a curious mix of cultural innuendoes and Pop Art. I loved the use of the primary color blocks to build the scaffoldings that made up the bases of these landscapes. The bases have biomorphic wire objects woven into the wooden planks that only add to their intrigue.

Ground Floor: Michael Joaquin Grey’s computational cinematic work entitled, Umwelt Belt, 2012. This live streaming digital work is a constantly moving parade of white recognizable objects mixed with anthropological objects described by the artist as “cultural fossil records”. These records contain items like chess pieces and sewing machines and the subtle audio component brings a sense of platitude and meditation. Curated by Grey Area’s, Kyle DeWoody, this work brings a much needed respite and peacefulness to the often times intrusive punctum of works pelting this fair-goer and author.

Spring Break Art Show is open March 7 – 10, 2013 | Noon – 9pm

Admission Fee: $5 at door or Suggested Donation with VIP Pass. Proceeds go to support future programming at Old School.

Old School, 233 Mott Street, NYC (corner of Prince/Mott Sts.)

SPRING/BREAK Art Show has partnered with virtual auction house Paddle8, in an effort to compartmentalize the commercial element of the exhibition to an online space and to galvanize sales of the work by making it accessible to Paddle8’s global collector community. will handle all fair sales via a benefit auction of a majority of the 70+ works of art on display in the school – with a portion of sales going to the NYFA Emergency Relief Fund for individual artists affected by Hurricane Sandy. In addition, the auction will allocate a percentage of sales from artwork to Arts in the Armed Forces (AITAF) as well – whose founders, Joanne Tucker and Adam Driver, will be hosting a panel discussion in the school building during the New Museum’s IDEAS CITY Festival in May.

Matthew D. Knight is a Fine Art Expert at AXA Art Insurance Corporation. He studied art history at Kingston University-London and completed his graduate studies in Modern/Contemporary and The History of the Art Market at Christie’s Education-New York. He was formerly an assistant curator of the permanent collection at Rockhurst University and has completed several independent curatorial projects. He is a founding member of The Young Printshop Patrons for The Lower Eastside Print Shop. Matthew is primarily interested in the protection and management of collections-both established and emerging and is currently working towards his certification in Risk Management and will be a co-author on a conservation project concerning an African Nok artifact.


Restored Frank Lloyd Wright House For Sale

The Bachman Wilson House designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Image via

[Originally posted on Tuesday, February 26]

A New Jersey couple is putting their Frank Lloyd Wright designed house up for sale with some interesting provisions for the potential new owner. The current owners are mandating that whoever purchases the house must move it somewhere else. This is due to the fact the house is built by a river with a tendency to flood, so the mandate serves as a conservation effort, but still an odd request none-the-less.

Read more on The Guardian.

Image via

Subway system in Naples gets a cultural makeover

The Toledo subway station in Naples was designed by the Catalan architect Oscar Tusquets Blanca. (Credit: Giulio Piscitelli for the International Herald Tribune) Image via NY Times.

The subway system in Naples has become an underground contemporary art museum and features work from over 100 mostly Italian world-famous contemporary artists including William Kentridge, Katharina Sieverding and Sol LeWitt. “Working in various media, the artists have collaborated closely with prominent architects to transform utilitarian places of transit into captivating sites.”

Mimmo Iodice
Black-and-white photographs of Greco-Roman statues by Mimmo Iodice line the Museum station atrium. (Credit: Giulio Piscitelli for the International Herald Tribune) Image via NY Times.

Achille Bonito Oliva, curator and artistic coordinator for the project, says the people in Naples “take history for granted” and this project can “teach young people that they are part of a stratified city.” The remaining stations that are scheduled to be completed by 2015 will feature works by Michelangelo Pistoletto, Rebecca Horn, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov and Shirin Neshat. [The New York Times]

To see more images of the different art stations in Naples, please visit the official metro website:

The Art Dossier Holiday Gift Guide

It’s that time of year again, time for our annual Holiday Gift Guide. We have scoured the world and selected some cheeky, beautiful and useful art and design inspired presents for every personality on your list. We hope this guide will make your holidays a little brighter or at least more fun!

1) For the kiddies:

Saya Woolfalk, The Lighthouse | $40 – $250

2) For the wannabe:

Pinhole Camera STD-35 by Sharan | £19.50

3) For the kitchen:

Gold Areaware Banana Bowl by Harry Allen  | $280

4) For the living room:

“Ghost Chair” by Snarkitecture | Contact Galerie Perrotin for price

5) For the rebel:

Keith Haring, Leather Jacket,1989 | $30-40K

6) For the procrastinator:

2013 Zoo Calendar | $26.95

7) For the spiritual:

Ghosts by Anders Arhøj & Louise Gaarmann | Visit artist website for details and price

8) For the classicist:

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: With Artwork by Yayoi Kusama | $23.10

Thomas Schütte built a home for terrorists

All mod cons: Thomas Schütte’s Ferienhaus für Terroristen (Holiday Home for Terrorists) Image via The Art Newspaper

German artist Thomas Schütte built a home for terrorists in the quiet town of Mösern, Austria. The building, titled Ferienhaus für Terroristen (Holiday Home for Terrorists), is commissioned by Polish art dealer Rafael Jablonka of Jablonka Galerie, and is a weatherproof, livable home with working plumbing, a fireplace, and a bathroom. However, Jablonka has no intentions of moving in.

The title of the work derives from the 9/11 attacks in New York: “Schütte was disgusted by the speed at which architectural plans were drawn up ­immediately after the attacks. He thought this was embarrassing. But the work is mainly a criticism of Modern architecture.”

Ferienhaus für Terroristen, 2009–2010, wood, fabric, Photo: Tania Beilfuß © Art and Exhibition Hall, Bonn 2010 © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2010

Currently Jablonka’s version is not open to the public.

Todd Selby profiles performance artist Christine Sun Kim for

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Photographer and filmmaker, Todd Selby recently profiled one of our favorite young performance artists, Christine Sun Kim for his latest short film. The film is featured on and shows her preparing for the day before heading out to the loud busy streets of NYC to capture the hustle and bustle of the city. Christine’s work revolves around a series of sonic experiments. Her work is both inspired and inspiring given that the artist is deaf. Todd captures an intimate portrait of Christine as we watch her work through a series of experiments in which she cannot hear sound but instead see it.

The film is a beautiful insight into the work and process of this artist. Read more from nowness below and watch the video here.

Cult photographer and filmmaker Todd Selby’s latest short is a revealing portrait of performance artist Christine Sun Kim. Deaf from birth, Kim turned to using sound as a medium during an artist residency in Berlin in 2008, and has since developed a practice of lo-fi experimentation that aims to re-appropriate sound by translating it into movement and vision. “It’s a lot more interesting to explore a medium that I don’t have direct access to and yet has the most direct connection to society at large,” says the artist. “Social norms surrounding sound are so deeply ingrained that, in a sense, our identities cannot be complete without it.” Selby filmed an exclusive performance from Kim in a Brooklyn studio as the artist played with field recordings of the street sounds of her Chinatown neighborhood, feedback and helium balloons, and made “seismic calligraphy” drawings from ink- and powder-drenched quills, nails and cogs dancing across paper to the vibrations of subwoofers beneath. Working with sound designer Arrow Kleeman, Selby carefully choreographed the film’s ambient score to reveal the Orange County native’s unique relationship with sound. “Her work deals with reclaiming sound because it’s a foreign world to her and one she’s not comfortable in,” explains Selby. “I wanted the film to act as an artistic conduit for her to tell her story to the world.” To read an interview with Christine Sun Kim visit our Facebook page here.